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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, following her interview at Stanford University with Harvard Professors (left to right) James Sebenius, Robert Mnookin, and Nicholas Burns.

Argyle Roble, Stanford University

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Former Secretary of State Rice Discusses Persuasive Diplomacy

| June 2016

Professors Nicholas Burns of Harvard Kennedy School, James Sebenius of Harvard Business School, and Robert Mnookin of Harvard Law School traveled to Stanford University in February to interview former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about diplomacy and her most consequential negotiations while in office. The interview with Secretary Rice, now a professor at Stanford, was the latest in a series of recorded discussions with former secretaries of state by the three faculty directors of The American Secretaries of State Project (SOSP). Rice discussed major negotiations with which she was involved during President George W. Bush’s administration and shared lessons she has learned about diplomacy.

Global Dialogue: Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell discusses diplomacy with Harvard Kennedy School's Nicholas Burns (right), Harvard Law School's Robert Mnookin, (left), and Harvard Business School's James Sebenius.

(Photo by Tom Fitzsimmons)

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

General Colin Powell Underscores Need to Understand and Respect the Other Side

Fall/Winter 2015-2016

“I know Vladimir Putin well,” General Colin Powell said during a recent appearance at Harvard University. “He’s KGB through and through.” Powell, a former secretary of state, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and national security advisor, was on campus on October 30 to participate in Harvard’s American Secretaries of State Project."

Summer 2015 Mosaic

August 17, 2015

The Summer 2015 issue of the Middle East Initiative Mosaic newsletter features highlights of MEI programs and activities over the 2014-2015 academic year, along with research and analysis of critical global issues by members of our community. This issue includes Crisis of the Arab State, a report by spring 2015 Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar Michael C. Hudson's study group, a review of a selection of the 66 events MEI hosted, interviews with students and faculty, and more.

Students take a break from meetings for an excursion to Petra and Wadi Rum desert in Jordan.

Loic Bruderlein

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Students See Middle East Challenges Firsthand

Spring 2015

More than 40 Harvard students traveled to the Middle East over the winter break to assess–firsthand–the rehabilitation needs of Syrian refugees in Jordan and alternative energy and environmental challenges and opportunities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative supported the field visits.

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Under Rouhani, New Opportunities Or Same Policies?

    Editor:
  • Catalina Gaitan
| Winter 2013-14

During Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s September visit to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly, he met with a select group of scholars and journalists that included several Iranian/nuclear experts from the Belfer Center. Graham Allison, Gary Samore, Olli Heinonen, David Sanger, and David Ignatius offered their takeaways following Rouhani's visit.

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Khouri Adds Perspective to Middle East Turmoil

| Winter 2013-14

Rami G. Khouri, a veteran Middle East journalist and scholar, captured the intense drama of the nearly three-year-old Arab Spring with one statistic: while many recall the self-immolation by Tunisian activist Mohamed Bouazizi on Dec. 17, 2010, as the spark for the uprisings, Khouri noted that no fewer than 65 Arabs set themselves ablaze in the months following Bouazizi’s act to draw attention to grievances across the region.

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

MEI Invites Debate On Choices Facing Middle East

Winter 2013-14

As part of its mission to encourage deeper engagement with the people and cultures of the Middle East, the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative (MEI) is offering a rich series of seminars that examine the complex transitions taking place, particularly in relation to politics and economics and the humanitarian crisis in Syria and surrounding countries.

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Visiting Fellows Ponder What Works and What Fails

Spring 2013

In this article, new Belfer Center visting fellows tackle some of the most pressing current issues in international relations including U.S.-Brazilian relations, the European financial crisis, the legality of drone strikes and what a post-Assad Syria will look like.